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There's one more day of Spider-Man comics for J. Michael Straczynski

17 years after he quit Spider-Man, JMS returns for one more story

Spider-Man: Black, White & Blood #1
Image credit: Leinil Francis Yu (Marvel Comics)

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17 years after his landmark Amazing Spider-Man run ended - a conclusion which included him asking for his name to be removed from the final issues, due to disagreements with editorial about changes to his planned finale - writer J. Michael Straczynski is returning to write Marvel's iconic webhead once again.

JMS, as he's allowed fans to call him, is coming back to contribute a Spider-Man short story to August's first issue of the upcoming Spider-Man: Black, White & Blood limited series. The book is framed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spider-Man's black costume, which debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #252, all the way back in 1984; back then, fans had no idea what a Klyntar even was; they were far more innocent times.

In his story, Straczynski is working with artist Sumit Kumar on a modern-day story retconning decades of storytelling to say that a piece of the Venom symbiote (from which the black suit originated) is still hanging around inside Peter Parker's body.

"J. Michael Straczynski and artist Sumit Kumar in his Marvel Comics debut rips Peter Parker's (and the symbiote's) heart out!" reads Marvel's description of the story. "A last vestige of the symbiote has stayed with Peter all these years, waiting for the right moment to tear Spidey down!"

Additional contributors to the issue include J.M. DeMatteis, who tells a story relating to his fan-favorite 'Kraven's Last Hunt' storyline, as well as Dustin Nguyen, who writes and draws a story that Marvel promises "will bring Spidey to uncharted heights against the backdrop of Dustin’s groundbreaking visual style."

Spider-Man: Black, White & Blood #1 (of 4) goes on sale August 7. Take a look at the covers for the issue in the gallery below.

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